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China’s lack of global leadership

ICC fugitive Omar al-Bashir with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Beijing, 1 Sept 2015. © AFP

China’s hosting last month of International Criminal Court (ICC) fugitive Omar al-Bashir displayed a lack of global leadership and disregard for thousands of victims of grave crimes in Darfur, Sudan.

China was part of the UN Security Council that in 2005 asked the ICC prosecutor to investigate grave crimes in Darfur with the full cooperation of all UN member states. It has the added distinction and responsibility of being one of the five permanent, veto-wielding members of the Council.

Indeed, China’s decision not to veto the Darfur referral ten years ago was a significant development in its approach to the maintenance of international peace and security.

Yet it has failed, along with the rest of the Council, to provide the necessary support to execute the ensuing ICC arrest warrants against the Sudanese president and his deputies who are alleged to be responsible for continuing grave crimes in Darfur and South Kordofan state.

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By joining the ICC, Sri Lanka can signal to its citizens and the international community that it is ready to break away from impunity and its violent past.

Call on Sri Lanka to join the ICC now.

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ICC INVESTIGATIONS

ICC trial of Congolese militia leader opens

The long-awaited opening of the trial of militia leader Bosco Ntaganda at the ICC is a significant step in the fight against impunity and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ukraine's ICC move


Ukraine’s expansion of its acceptance of ICC jurisdiction means the ICC prosecutor can investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the east of the country since February 2014.

DRC: 10 facts about the ICC Ntaganda trial

Known as “Terminator” among his troops for his tendency to lead from the front, Ntaganda served in a number of rebel groups throughout eastern DRC for over a decade.

Lubanga: First ICC convict pleads for early release

The International Justice Monitor's Wairagala Wakabi reports on the appeal of the ICC’s first convict, Thomas Lubanga, for early release from his 14-year sentence for child soldier war crimes.

Key rulings in ICC Kenya cases

ICC judges have issued two key rulings in Court’s two cases against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and broadcaster Joshua Sang.

Judges to re-examine Kenya cooperation – what role for the ASP?

ICC trial judges are to reconsider the Kenyan government’s level of cooperation in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta, along with their decision not to refer the matter to the ICC’s governing body, the Assembly of States Parties.
Congolese await the trial of Ntaganda

Olivia Bueno of the International Refugee Rights Initiative, in consultation with Congolese activists, reports on the importance of the highly anticipated Bosco Ntaganda trial.

Lubanga for early release? Views from Ituri

Olivia Bueno of the International Refugee Rights Initiative, in consultation with Congolese activists, reports on the possibility of early release for Thomas Lubanga who has served two-thirds of his sentence for child soldier war crimes.

FIGHTING IMPUNITY AROUND THE WORLD

Through justice, peace

In the latest contribution to our When hope and history rhyme blog series, Richard Goldstone reflects on how violence was averted by justice in South Africa, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.

ICC success depends on its impact locally

In this post from OpenDemocracy, Human Rights Watch's Elizabeth Evenson insists victims and affected communities should be a top ICC priority if the Court wants to succeed.

Countering the anti-ICC agenda in Africa

In this guest post from Humanity United, Sulemana Braimah, executive director of Media Foundation for West Africa, discusses the difficult but important relationship between the ICC and African states, and provides suggestions for the way forward.

El Salvador urged to join ICC

This International Justice Day, the Salvadorian Coalition for the ICC encouraged the country's lawmakers to accede to the ICC Rome Statute.

ICC prospects for Malaysia, Indonesia

We recently held a seminar with MPs from Indonesia and Malaysia to analyze what’s preventing them from joining the ICC.

Temple destruction in Syria termed a war crime

The destruction of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, by ISIS is “an intolerable crime against civilization” and a “war crime” according to UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova.
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Campaign for Global Justice

Ratifications/Accessions

Rome Statute: 123
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities: 74

Kampala Amendments
Crime of Aggression: 24
Article 8: 25
 

Focus Countries 2015

September: Sri Lanka
October: Togo

*Each month we call on different countries to join the ICC as part of our Campaign for Global Justice.


WHAT'S NEW?

16 September: From Ratification to Action: The Importance of Full Implementation of the Rome Statute. The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark in The Hague.

18-21 September: Just Peace Festival, The Hague

22 September: Presentation of the Committee on Budget and Finance, Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute.

1 October: Pursuing Accountability in Syria. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in The Hague, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Commission for International Justice and Accountability
 
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